Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I don’t have an opinion on STAR TREK: PRODIGY, on its merits. I personally feel that I can’t have one, because I’ve never seen it*. This means that I absolutely have zero interest in wading through arguments for or against whether it should have been canceled, the reasons for its cancellation, and/or what its cancellation says about us as a country/culture/collection of sapient life forms/whatever. That’s not what I want to talk about.
What I do want to talk about is how this entire affair is an excellent reminder that you must never buy any entertainment that’s digital-only unless you fundamentally don’t care if it disappears after you’ve finished consuming it. When you buy digital-only, you’re only buying access; if you want the thing itself, you need to get it in physical, air-gapped, write-only form. Everything else is simply renting, and the thing you’re renting is only available at the whim of the rental agency.
It’s pretty good as a single-use gag, I have to say. And God knows they picked an episode from STAR TREK: VOYAGER which was sufficiently silly to warrant the treatment. I do admit to wondering how many people out there are going to get the full effect of the joke, though…
Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley has signed on to write and direct the next Star Trek film for Paramount Pictures.
The last Star Trek movie that was being developed by director S.J. Clarkson ended up being shelved after Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth dropped out of the project after the studio tried to change the deal on them. According to Variety, though, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and Zoe Saldana are expected to all return to the U.S.S. Enterprise for the new adventure.
To my (mild) embarrassment, I have not yet seen STAR TREK: BEYOND. I am told that it was not wretched, though. Depending on how you feel about the reboot, that may not be entirely reassuring. Still, I like all those actors in all of those roles. I should probably catch up, in my copious free time.
So it would appear. And since he’s taking his ‘ten movies and out’ thing, Star Trek would be his last one:
[Quentin] Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is his ninth directorial effort, which means it will be his penultimate effort should he stick to this 10-film plan before retirement. The director’s GQ interview had many fans wondering how Tarantino will choose to end his directorial career and asking whether or not his much-discussed “Star Trek” movie would be his final filmmaking project. Tarantino successfully pitched an R-rated “Star Trek” to producer J.J. Abrams and Paramount and has written a script. The studio has yet to officially greenlight the project, but if they do and if Tarantino decides to direct that will probably be his last movie.
Lemme translate that a little: Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine are both currently abandoning talks with Paramount over the fourth installment of the Star Trek reboot. Hemsworth is, of course, currently Thor in the MCU; and Pine plays Wonder Woman’s love interest somehow-in-the-sequel Steve Trevor in the DCEU. Paramount would prefer not to pay out accordingly, particularly since Star Trek Reboot 3 didn’t do so hot. To be honest? I didn’t see it, so I don’t know whether or not it was any good. Although the fact that I didn’t see it is maybe diagnostic, right there. Continue reading Thor, Steve Trevor walk out of Star Trek (rev. 2) 4 . For now.